May 20, 2012
Luke 24:44-53 and Acts 1:1-11
After the resurrection, why didnât God just let Jesus stay? Why have an Ascensionâa leavingâat all? Well, with Jesusâ physical being gone, the locus of his work would have to shift from his actual body to his metaphorical bodyâa body way bigger than his, that could increase the reach of the Good News in a way that most likely could not have happened had the message of God remained confined to Jesusâ flesh and bones. The power that had been Jesusâ could now be passed on to Jesus' disciples who would carry the Good News "to infinity and beyond": to Jerusalem, all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.